Each and every morning since I gave up coffee, I drink a cup of hot tea. I have never been much of a tea person but I guess I am hooked now. I enjoy reading the inspirational quotes on the paper label that my favorite brand includes.
One particular morning while drinking my hot tea, I read this quote. Sometimes in life we become so focused on the finish line that we fail to enjoy the journey – by Deiter F. Uchtdorf. This quote stood out to me more than most of the quotes do. You see, I have been a prime example of this. Always focused on the finish line and not enjoying the journey. I have so many examples of this in my own life but wanted to share just a couple with you.
Let me take you back to high school! I went to a very small high school. My graduating class was right around 100. It was my senior year, The year when all of us senior’s were the oldest in the school, everyone looked up to us. I couldn’t wait to become a senior and yet as soon as I was one, I was ready to graduate and move on. I skipped school my senior year. I was pretty much checked out. I had all of my required classes done so my senior year was full of electives. While I did enjoy my senior prom, among other activities, and some of my electives (because I was able to choose them), I could have enjoyed that year more had I been focused more on the daily journey. This quote really has shown me that I have always been in a hurry to get to the next point in my life and high school is one of those moments that really stand out.
Fast forward to my adult years. As I reflected on my journey, I have found that in my past, I really didn’t enjoy my day-to-day life because I wanted more. I think about how many days I lost. It was almost like my life was on hold for many years because what I wanted hadn’t happened yet. My fears were holding me back. It was almost like I was a prisoner, wanting more, being unsatisfied and yet unable to move forward. The other huge factor is, I was unaware that I was limiting my own journey in life. I didn’t even know there was more.
All I can think is, I wish that I knew then what I know now. Each and every day is a blessed day. Each and every day there is a whole world at my finger tips. Each and every day, I interact with others, I can influence, and impact those around me.
Each and every day we all have a choice to make. We either enjoy this journey through our life. Or choose to let fear, not being satisfied, or simply being in too big of a hurry to get to the next point, to rule over our lives.
I have to say that this quote really inspired me. It made me think about my life. It made me think about our blog. Life truly is a journey. One where we will all encounter ups and downs, highs and lows. I am committed to making the most out of the every day journey of my life. Instead of not being satisfied, I choose to be satisfied. Instead of being unhappy, I choose happiness. We all can enjoy more from this journey, if we think of it as a journey where every day matters.
I would like to leave you with this. Who can you touch today? Who can you bless? Who can you just give a simple smile too? A word of encouragement? When we realize life is a journey and every human on this earth is on their own journey, our lives meet, connect, intersect even if for a moment, how can we influence them, how can we become a positive part of their life’s journey?
Eric & Tanya K.